Sinking of a Steamer.
In the harbor of Newcastle on Wednesday evening last, Captain B. Williams' river steamer Allyn sank, having on board 800 bags of general produce. It appears that the Allyn had been used as lighter to receive the inward cargo from the Union Company's steamer, Manapouri, which was lying at the dyke. About 3 p.m. she had piled up on deck 800 bags of produce, and just as she was cast off from the Manapouri, and was in the act of being turned round to proceed to the Newcastle wharf she was struck by a gust of wind, which caused a list, and the vessel being top heavy some of the bags shifted to one side, and before she could recover herself she heeled over, and sank in about 25ft of water within between 30 and 40 yards from the dyke wharf. Mr Webster, the master,' and; ,a wharf laborer, were the only persons on board, and they had a narrow escape from being dragged down with the vessel. Fortunately both men were good swimmers, and on seeing that nothing could be done to save, the vessel after the list, they plunged into the harbor and struck out for the dyke, which they reached in safety. Just as they left hei the vessel disappeared with her cargo, which was valued at the wholesale prices at £600. —" Press " correspondent.
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Sinking of a Steamer., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 11 June 1890
Sinking of a Steamer. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 11 June 1890
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